Diyaluma Falls
Diyaluma Falls
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • aaron
    Leeds, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking views and awesome rock pools
    Myself and my family (two young kids), debated whether to do the local waterfall from Ella called Ravanna Falls, or to make journey to Diyaluma waterfalls. We ended up doing both but we are very glad we made the extra effort to go to Diyaluma waterfalls as they are much more extensive than Ravanna and there are multiple different waterfalls and areas to swim, and even some places to jump into rock pools. However, we could not have done this trip without a guide. We would not have known which rock pools you could jump into and how to get up and down the mountain. In addition to that the guide will usually take you the first 2 km of the journey, and then you can walk the rest (1km). In short, it is well worth the money. We were fortunate enough to have Saman as our guide, and not only was he incredibly knowledgeable about the waterfalls, as he was from the area, but he also had relatively good level of English, so we could communicate with him. He really went above and beyond, and even carried our six-year-old daughter on his shoulders up and down the tricky bits of the path (see picture below). Saman can be contacted on +94 78 778 4560 if you want a great guide and an unforgettable experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • evdey0kum
    Samsun, Türkiye70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Paradise !
    After a very short climb, you will be under the magnificent spell of the waterfall. The water is really cold but swimming is wonderfully enjoyable and the nature is wonderful. Before climbing the waterfall, you can drink king coconut below and watch the monkeys.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 19, 2023
  • Durgadiana
    Borculo, The Netherlands216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    nice place to enjoy without to much tourist.. ;-)
    Great swim at the top of the waterfall. The walk to this place is not for the weakhearted or the ones with no endurance. But once you are there... Amazing! You can easily stay 2- 3 hrs just enjoying yourself. Bring some food or drinks, or buy a coconot from the man who sells them there.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 7, 2024
  • Paweł S
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best guide and great adventure
    You can go there alone but please consider to hire Sudu. He is a guaid tour since 2003. During COVID he had no work 3 years and need to sell tuk tuk and even a smartphone. He is a great guide and take care of you during the trip. His phone no. +94 (70) 108 5255 Have fun!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2024
  • Lonely Laowai
    174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    How to do it for free (sans some coconuts on the way)
    Get your driver (or drive yourself) up to the upper falls, but don’t accept a guide. They’ll try to scare you but the path is clearly marked and you can “No Thank you, good bye” your way past anyone offering their services unless you’re feeling generous. But on the stairs near the top is a lovely little coconut stall with two kids helping out their dad. These kids are ADORABLE and terrific little hosts. It’s worth the normal coconut fee for the electrolytes a the entertainment. This little stall made the trip for us. At the top, turn right for lower pools and view down falls, left for a more calm and safer swimming area.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 20, 2024
  • Waygotravels
    Colombo, Sri Lanka2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unveiling the Wonders: A Tripadvisor Review of diyaluma falls
    Visiting diyaluma falls was an unforgettable experience! The stunning scenery, rich history, and warm hospitality made it a truly memorable destination. Highly recommend adding it to your travel bucket list!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled on business
    Written April 5, 2024
  • GBJ-Cookies
    South Shields, United Kingdom1,792 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Diyaluma Waterfall
    We parked up our minivan and picked up our local guide who drove our group of 9 family and friends in a 4 wheel drive to the foot of the falls where there was a toilet and a snack shop. It was there we started our trek to the top. Although not a very difficult walk, our group had various degrees of capabilities and that coupled with the 30° heat and humidity did impact upon some of our party. The hike took best part of an hour to reach the top and the first pool with a natural slide. Next we moved down to another pool and the chance to take a 60 foot jump into the pool below, unfortunately only one of our group felt comfortable enough to do this. Last stop was a sightseeing break which provided amazing vistas of the surrounding area. As the sun began to set we began our journey back to our vehicle, a truly wonderful excursion and well worth the climb up and down.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 22, 2024
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Jo_unterwegs
Leipzig, Germany21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We rented a scooter in Ella and took the 1 hour ride (1:20 to the top) to visit the magnificent waterfall. On the food of it you can take a climb to bath in the pools below the fall. After it you can take another 20 minutes on bad roads to the top. Place your scooter there (100 rupies) and walk over (40 minutes) to the pools to chill. Definitely recommended. It is a day trip.

On the food of the waterfall you can buy water. Bring your food :)
Written March 15, 2020
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aaron
Leeds, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Myself and my family (two young kids), debated whether to do the local waterfall from Ella called Ravanna Falls, or to make journey to Diyaluma waterfalls.

We ended up doing both but we are very glad we made the extra effort to go to Diyaluma waterfalls as they are much more extensive than Ravanna and there are multiple different waterfalls and areas to swim, and even some places to jump into rock pools.

However, we could not have done this trip without a guide. We would not have known which rock pools you could jump into and how to get up and down the mountain. In addition to that the guide will usually take you the first 2 km of the journey, and then you can walk the rest (1km). In short, it is well worth the money.

We were fortunate enough to have Saman as our guide, and not only was he incredibly knowledgeable about the waterfalls, as he was from the area, but he also had relatively good level of English, so we could communicate with him. He really went above and beyond, and even carried our six-year-old daughter on his shoulders up and down the tricky bits of the path (see picture below). Saman can be contacted on +94 78 778 4560 if you want a great guide and an unforgettable experience.
Written August 11, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NWilson
Dubai, United Arab Emirates53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We drove to the bottom of the waterfall by car, it’s beautiful to see. Lots of people just stop there ....... not us!

We then took a tuk tuk as far as possible as the road becomes non-drivable. The tuk tuk driver became our walking guide to the top of the fall and to another hidden waterfall you cannot see from the road.

The hike is approx 30-40 minutes with varied difficulty. Honestly do it!!

Wow wow wow it is just simply stunning.

There were no tourists up there, when we went, only local kids and us swimming and playing in the falls. One of my favourite experiences of Sri Lanka and travelling the world. So so lucky to have such an experience
Written January 3, 2020
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mmaltby1
London, UK180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This was one of our favourite days in Sri Lanka. Definitely worth a visit.

As others say below, you can go with or without a guide. We had a guide from Ella whose company we really enjoyed, so we went up with him – but you could definitely find your way without a guide if you wanted to, maybe with a wrong turn or two along the way.

We took the short 20-minute walk rather than the 2-hour hike, and didn’t regret it.

The bottom pool is the busiest with tourists – but we found it was only really worth a short stay. The views are beautiful, and this is where everyone gets their photos – but that’s pretty much it.

The second pool, a very short walk away, is good for a swim, and the view of the falls above you is pretty special.

The third pool, directly above the second, and a short 2-3 minute hike up, features an 8m cliff jump. We did it and were perfectly safe – but I wouldn’t do it without being shown by a local guide. There are plenty around the first pool who can show you. We did it a couple of times – every time, my feet hit the bottom of the pool at the end of the jump, but not hard enough to be of any concern – just a surprise first time around!

We then had a lovely time at the top of the third pool, sitting in the sun and relaxing. Well worth a trip.
Written February 15, 2022
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GBJ-Cookies
South Shields, UK1,792 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
We parked up our minivan and picked up our local guide who drove our group of 9 family and friends in a 4 wheel drive to the foot of the falls where there was a toilet and a snack shop.
It was there we started our trek to the top. Although not a very difficult walk, our group had various degrees of capabilities and that coupled with the 30° heat and humidity did impact upon some of our party.
The hike took best part of an hour to reach the top and the first pool with a natural slide.
Next we moved down to another pool and the chance to take a 60 foot jump into the pool below, unfortunately only one of our group felt comfortable enough to do this.
Last stop was a sightseeing break which provided amazing vistas of the surrounding area.
As the sun began to set we began our journey back to our vehicle, a truly wonderful excursion and well worth the climb up and down.
Written July 22, 2024
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Bram D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Today we visited the amazing diyaluma falls. For this trip we stayed in the nice town Wellayama, from this place it's a short trip (20 minutes by tuktuk) to the diyaluma falls. Wellayama is located 40 minutes from Ella and easy to travel from or to the national parks in the south.
From this town it's also verry easy to visit the buduruwagala rock temple (360Lkr) wich is verry beautifull and not touristic at all!

We stayed at Bindu Homestay and i can higly recommend this place. It's a verry friendly family and he also has his own tuk tuk and car to bring you to all places you want. They will do everething to put a smile on your face, they are great!
Written January 4, 2020
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Lonely Laowai
174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Get your driver (or drive yourself) up to the upper falls, but don’t accept a guide. They’ll try to scare you but the path is clearly marked and you can “No Thank you, good bye” your way past anyone offering their services unless you’re feeling generous.

But on the stairs near the top is a lovely little coconut stall with two kids helping out their dad. These kids are ADORABLE and terrific little hosts. It’s worth the normal coconut fee for the electrolytes a the entertainment. This little stall made the trip for us.

At the top, turn right for lower pools and view down falls, left for a more calm and safer swimming area.
Written February 20, 2024
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Russell c
Glasgow, UK200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We took tuk tuk from haputale 3500lkr
Driver waited on us, however we came back down same way as went up, he was apparently waiting on other side... So make sure you clear this up..
Good 20min walk up to top of falls well worth it what a view.

You won't need a guide path is pretty obvious..

Neraby Town is quaint stop for a nosey around locals are friendly
Written January 9, 2020
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Wes
11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Nice place, good view but from the bottom. It’s an easy access to the top but the local guides tell you that you need them as you may get lost in the jungle - not true. Just follow the crowd ;) on the top will just see „bloggers” taking solo pictures in the basin and the rock wall of the pool painted with tourist initialls. You can leave that view out. Being caught in the rain will only get things worse.
Written March 20, 2022
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g3gayathri
Jigani, India81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Ultimately good. We hiked through the forest and reached the upper and lower Diyaluma falls. There is a natural pool. When we went the water was more. Our guide helped us to find a safe place to have a bath. He took us with passion and patience . His name is Upendra. He speaks and understand English. We parked our car near the village . From there along with tuktuk to go up and down until the hiking point. He also came with us until the falls. He can be contacted at 0775474725. Our driver got a good deal by talking with him for both tuktuk and being a guide. After bath we changed our wet clothes in his house. Friendly people. I have included his photo with his shop. The falls and the forest just got imprinted into our heart. Beautiful road to the falls and extraordinary hike upto the top of the falls. A must do. But people should restrain from polluting the place with plastics.
Written May 12, 2023
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